Apple opens iTunes donation links to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

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Date: Monday, August 28th, 2017, 05:03
Category: iTunes, News

Following Hurricane Harvey’s arrival into Texas on Friday, Apple this weekend reactivated iTunes donations to support American Red Cross relief efforts in the area.

On Saturday, Apple posted prominent American Red Cross donation links to its official website and the iTunes Store landing page. The system allows users to quickly contribute $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200 toward ongoing relief efforts.

Apple has stated that users will see 100 percent of proceeds go directly to the Red Cross.

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Apple confirms plans for $1.3 billion Iowa data center, looks to begin construction in 2018

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Date: Friday, August 25th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Hardware, News

Apple on Thursday confirmed plans that the company plans to create a new data center in Waukee, Iowa. The project, which will cost $1.3 billion, is also expected to provide up to $100 million more for a “Public Improvement Fund.”

The complex, near Des Moines, will span 400,000 square feet, and handle services like Siri, iMessage, and the App Store, Apple said. Power will stem entirely from renewable energy, including “wind and other sources.”

The $100 million Public Improvement Fund will be managed by the City of Waukee and provide support for “community projects like parks, libraries and recreational spaces, as well as infrastructure needs.” The first major project financed by this fund will feature construction of the Waukee Youth Sports Campus, which will include fields, a greenhouse, a playground, and even a fishing pier.

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Newly published patent applications note possible Apple Pencil support on next-gen iPhones

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Date: Friday, August 25th, 2017, 05:32
Category: Apple Pencil, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, Rumor

Roughly a year ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned that he had used an Apple Pencil on an iPhone.

On Thursday, Patently Apple noted a series of patents describing this, publishing two of them in the process:

Today two more patent applications from Apple about Apple pencil working with a smartphone have surfaced. For the first time, Apple’s patent verbiage actually listed the ‘iPhone’ as a target product for Apple Pencil.

In patent application 20170242499 titled “Noise Correction for a Stylus Touch Device,” Apple notes that their patent figure 1 shows a touch screen such as a ‘smartphone or tablet.’ The patent later specifically clarifies that the smartphone and tablet are indeed an iPhone and iPad.

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Rumor: Apple could be slating September 12th for next-gen iPhone announcement, wireless carriers to focus on date

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Date: Thursday, August 24th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

It looks like Apple’s next iPhone event will take place on September 12th.

Citing a number of wireless carrier sources, Mac news site Mac4Ever says that mobile phone operators have already been told when to expect the Apple announcement as they have to prepare inventory and marketing for the imminent new devices.

While Apple has yet to release an official statement, the likely dates in the past have put the event between September 6th and the 12th.

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Rumored 3D sensing camera module for next-gen iPhone leaked

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Date: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017, 05:39
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

As of late Monday, a leaked photo had surfaced of an alleged leaked 3D sensing camera module destined for the upcoming “iPhone 8”. Apple is said to have radically revamped its front-facing camera for its OLED iPhone, adding 3D sensing capabilities for facial recognition.

The leak dovetails with KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo having stated that the next-gen iPhone’s camera will consist of three modules: a standard camera front-facing camera module, an infrared transmitting module, and an infrared receiving module, all of which will allow the iPhone 8 to perform 3D sensing and modeling functions.

It’s also been rumored that the front facing camera might support 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. The rumor is based on code references found without the HomePod firmware leak. It’s also been argued that this feature could be limited to the rear camera as opposed to the rear camera.

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Apple releases iOS 11 beta 7 to developer community

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Date: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017, 05:04
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPhone SE, iPod Touch, News, Software

If you’re in the mood to fiddle around with it, Apple rolled out iOS 11 developer beta 7 build (15A5362a) on Monday. The update is available for developers with compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models and is probably as close to the final version of iOS 11 before it enters gold master status and is then officially released.

The beta requires an Apple Developer account and an iPhone SE or newer, fourth generation iPad or newer, or a sixth generation iPod touch to install and run. The update is available through the iOS Software Update option, or through the Developer website if you haven’t signed up for beta testing yet.

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Apple now accepting donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center via iTunes following recent protests, events

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017, 05:23
Category: iTunes, News, Software

Following up on recent protests and events, Apple has begun accepting donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center through iTunes. Tim Cook announced in a letter last week that Apple would make a US$2 million donation to the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League because of the violence at the Charlottesville protests. People can make SPLC donations in amounts ranging from US$5-US$200.

Users can find the donation page via iTunes by navigating to the New Music, Hot Tracks, and Recent Releases sections. 100% of donations will be given to the civil rights organization.

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AirPod shipping estimates drop to two to three weeks

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017, 05:29
Category: AirPods, Bluetooth, iPhone, News, retail

The shipping estimates for Apple’s AirPods are improving.

The current estimates have come down to two to three weeks in many countries around the world, suggesting Apple is one step closer to achieving supply/demand balance for the much-desired earphones.

The AirPods, which shipped back in December, have been in short support, with Apple estimating shipping times around six weeks. As of early August, these shipping estimates had dropped to four weeks.

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Rumor: Case manufacturer Nodus cites lack of Touch ID on next-gen iPhone

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, HomePod, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

Sometimes it’s the case and accessory designers that have the most information about an upcoming Apple product.

Accessory maker Nodus has finalized the case design for Apple’s next-gen iPhone. The overall design appears largely congruent with recent parts leaks and supposed insider information, featuring a nearly bezel-free full-face display with telltale sensor “notch.”

Interestingly, Nodus’ design seems to corroborate the findings in Apple’s HomePod firmware leak. Specifically, the “iPhone 8” software will include graphical assets like a split status bar to present the sensor “notch” as an integrated piece of the onscreen UI.

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iOS 11 feature could allow iPhone Touch ID feature to be disabled, thereby adding additional layer of privacy via “cop button”

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2017, 05:30
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, Software, Touch ID

Over the years, Apple’s Touch ID technology has proven to be a legal gray area whenever law enforcement or border patrol asked you to hand over your iPhone.

A new feature may have surfaced in a beta of iOS 11 that essentially functions as a “cop button”, wherein the iPhone owner can set up a provision in the update allowing you to choose whether to keep TouchID on or not. Instead of relying on Touch ID, users could incorporate a long, complex password, thus locking out cops and anyone who doesn’t know the passphrase.

Currently, police can force you to use your fingerprint to unlock the phone, but they can’t force you to use your password — something that has been proven by law to be protected.

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